The Great Lakes Writing & Rhetoric Conference 2019

Proposal deadline: Extended to August 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University invites you to propose ideas for the third annual Corridors: The Great Lakes Writing and Rhetoric Conference on September 28, 2019 in Rochester, Michigan. The Corridors Conference emerged from and reimagines the WIDE-EMU (un)conference co-sponsored by the Eastern Michigan University Written Communication program and the Michigan State University Center for Research on Writing, Information, and Digital Experience from 2012-2016. An (un)conference is like most other conferences, only this one is FREE (!) to attend. Well, “free," sort of . . .

That’s right—Corridors is a free conference in that we will not be charging any registration fee. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. But keeping things free requires a DIY spirit. We ask that you print a copy of the schedule and program from the web site before coming and bring your own name tag—any from any other conference will do, or make your own. Oakland will provide a light continental breakfast with coffee and tea, but attendees are on their own for additional beverages, food, and lodging (for those who wish to stay over instead of making it a truly one-day experience).

While we welcome all proposals, we encourage proposals that respond to this year's conference theme:

How Does Writing "Engage"?

This year’s conference theme emphasizes engagement, broadly conceived. Some possible questions your presentation might address include:

* How does our own writing help to engage the world and our surrounding communities (through research, scholarship, or creative work)?

* How do we engage students in and out of the writing classroom?

* How can we use technology to engage students in F2F, online, and hybrid class formats?

* How do we engage with the many challenges to the teaching and learning of writing?

* How do we engage with colleagues to collaborate on innovative writing curricula?

* How do we engage with publics to connect our academic work with the wider world?

* How can we incorporate civic and community engagement into writing classes we teach?

* How do we engage in writing with our students?

* How can we engage with primary school and secondary school writing teachers to promote student success?

* How do we engage with the inequities of contingent labor to enact advocacy?

* How can writing program administrators support civic engagement for instructors and students?

Session Formats

We invite proposals configured to fit the following session formats. Each session runs 75 minutes. Space will also be available for ad hoc, on-the-fly, spontaneous discussion, action, and collaboration.


Talk sessions feature up to four 12-minute segments for speakers giving traditional conference presentations.


Make/Do sessions feature demonstrations or guided acts of creation as the outcomes, like a workshop. Propose a session in which participants will "make" something such as a web site, a lesson plan, a manifesto, syllabus, etc. Or propose a session focused on the "how to" related to a software application or pedagogical approach. One speaker or group leads the full session.


Collaborate sessions feature roundtable discussions focused on the the conference theme of “engagement,” broadly conceived. Discussion will spark from five-minute, evocative conversation starters presented by up to 8-10 speakers per session.

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